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Superb profile with low cgpa - please help [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2012, 06:10
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I have a very good profile with great extra curriculars, but i have a low CGPA.

Gender: Male
Country: India
Education: BE Computer Science with an overall CGPA 6.81/10 (my scores have been in an increasing order from 1st to last semester)

I have heard that if i take up some courses in mathematics at some community college or some online courses, and score well in it then it will be of great help to my acads.

I have shaped a great profile with excellent internships, project, and entrepreneurship initiative. Only problem is my low CGPA, though i have a been actively involved in extra curriculars during college that i could not completely focus on acads.

Studying at an IVY is my dream... my whole profile is really good except for this acads part i feel.

I am currently working. Please suggest what can i do to overcome this. I plan to apply in 2014.

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Re: Superb profile with low cgpa - please help [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2012, 12:29
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A very strong GMAT score (better than 720) and solid explanation for the CGPA (such as: working full time, medical/family issues, etc.) can help to offset the grade issues, as can an 'alternate transcript,' which could include MBAMath.com. And, yes, the more impressive and distinctive your profile, the less the CGPA matters, so feel free to send your resume to me at paulbodine@yahoo.com for a closer look.
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Re: Superb profile with low cgpa - please help [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2012, 07:28
arjun4060 wrote:
Hi

I have a very good profile with great extra curriculars, but i have a low CGPA.

Gender: Male
Country: India
Education: BE Computer Science with an overall CGPA 6.81/10 (my scores have been in an increasing order from 1st to last semester)

I have heard that if i take up some courses in mathematics at some community college or some online courses, and score well in it then it will be of great help to my acads.

I have shaped a great profile with excellent internships, project, and entrepreneurship initiative. Only problem is my low CGPA, though i have a been actively involved in extra curriculars during college that i could not completely focus on acads.

Studying at an IVY is my dream... my whole profile is really good except for this acads part i feel.

I am currently working. Please suggest what can i do to overcome this. I plan to apply in 2014.

Thanks and regards


Arjun,
Low GPA might raise some questions such as 'Will this candidate survive the academic rigor of the program?'. The easiest way to counter that would be through a great GMAT score (720-750 range would be ideal). If you get a good GMAT score with good scores in all the sections then you don't need to worry about taking any courses in community college. Moreover, you are an engineer .... there isn't much value add if you take some maths courses.

As far as your GPA is concerned, utilize the optional essay to explain what caused it. Did you focus on co-curricular and made a mark? Where there any other pressing issues which forced you away from academics. Don't leave this concern unanswered.

In the end, your application/essays should be in great shape if you are thinking about top schools.

We had a client who barely scratched CGPA of 6 and is now a student in top business school. This year we have a client who is in 5+ range (remember five point someone?). Please contact us if you have further questions or if you would want to schedule a free initial consultation.
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Re: Superb profile with low cgpa - please help [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2012, 09:39
Hi Arjun,

We think that you are unnecessarily worrying about your GPA. While your GPA is low but its close to 7 and with a decent GMAT it should not be a deterrent.

Mentioning reasons/explanations for an average GPA will unnecessarily shift focus to your acads. Instead focus on presenting your story well and talking about your achievements. B schools get a lot of applicants from India with good GPA's but few have good extra currics.

Feel free to contact us for any queries.

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Re: Superb profile with low cgpa - please help [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2012, 13:45
am a bit curious about your 'great' extra curruculars
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Re: Superb profile with low cgpa - please help [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2012, 04:50
A low CGPA can be difficult to overcome, but a high GMAT score will def help. IMO, however, much of this depends on where you want to apply. there are certain top schools where a low GPA is insurmountable (i.e., Stanford) and others where a low GPA mixed in with a lot of really great XCs and leadership examples can work (i.e., Kellogg). Also, MBA programs such as Cornell and Yale are both Ivy's, but - i would argue - a click below MIT, Chicago and a couple of other non-Ivy's on competitiveness and prestige. So, while the Ivy league idea is important, it shouldn't be the only factor (unless you live/work in an area where the only brands employers recognize are the ones from Ivy schools).

do the upfront research on school selection. i think that will make a big difference as it relates to how you're thinking about this process.

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Re: Superb profile with low cgpa - please help [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2012, 05:38
What is IVY??
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